17th Century Maps of Ireland Available for On-Line Search

Imagine what life was like in Ireland in 1641, and imagine where our Crowleys were living in that year. Now, thanks to an initiative begun by Trinity College Dublin, we can all get a glimpse of that distant life.

The Down Survey Project was funded by the Irish Research Council, and work on the project began in October 2011. The maps, which were made by the mandate of Cromwell for the purpose of redistributing property in Ireland, had existed in various libraries in Europe. Trinity gathered them together, organized them, digitized them, and has put them on-line.

You can view the maps at www.downsurvey.tcd.ie. Not only are these beautiful maps on the site but there is also a list of the landowners in 1641. Who lived at what is today called Ahakeera? Of course, the Crowleys did! They were there in the barony of Carbury (Carbery), the parish of Funlobbish and Kilmichil (Fanlobbus and Kilmichil), the townland of Aghakerry (Ahakeera) and in surrounding townlands.

Those of you who are going to the Crowley Clan Gathering in September will have a chance to make the pilgrimage to our ancient homeland. And, now you can get an historical view on the Down Survey Website.

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compiled by Marian Crowley Chamberlain